Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment in Cuba: A Model for Com­mu­nity Action

April 9, 2003 - 5:00 PM

Dr. Gilberto Javier Cabr­era Trim­ino
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­sity of Havana
Cen­ter for Demo­graphic Stud­ies (CEDEM)

Prof. Javier Cabr­era will exam­ine the threats fac­ing Cuba’s nat­ural envi­ron­ment, and their roots in the his­toric chal­lenges that the Cuban envi­ron­ment has faced. He will dis­cuss Cuba’s envi­ron­men­tal pol­i­tics, and the government’s strate­gies of envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. Cabr­era will high­light how research and devel­op­ment projects tie local envi­ron­men­tal strate­gies together with acad­e­mia and the Cuban public.

Javier Cabr­era Trim­ino is cur­rently an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Havana, Cen­ter for Demo­graphic Stud­ies. He received his Doc­tor­ate in Ped­a­gogic Sci­ences, spe­cial­iz­ing in Envi­ron­men­tal Edu­ca­tion in 1989, his pro­fes­sional train­ing has been in Envi­ron­men­tal Edu­ca­tion and Pop­u­la­tion Stud­ies. Dr. Trimino’s research has pri­mar­ily con­sisted of issues of envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion, teacher and researcher train­ing, the pro­fes­sion­al­iza­tion of eco­log­i­cal eco­nom­ics, includ­ing prepa­ra­tion of spe­cial­ists and com­mu­nity work in the area of pop­u­la­tion, envi­ron­ment and devel­op­ment. He has been a con­sul­tant for Brazil­ian, Venezue­lan, Mex­i­can, Argen­tinean, Pana­man, Costa Rican and Cuban insti­tu­tions and uni­ver­si­ties for the inclu­sion of eco­nom­i­cal eco­log­i­cal and envi­ron­men­tal per­spec­tives in pop­u­la­tion stud­ies and in aca­d­e­mic work for the social pro­duc­tion of health. These stud­ies have employed alter­na­tive method­olo­gies for the study of health integral-gender, environment-economics rela­tion­ships and for nat­ural resources man­age­ment in accor­dance with the capac­ity to main­tain the pop­u­la­tion. His recent pub­li­ca­tions include, Impor­tance of Population’s Stud­ies, Envi­ron­ment and Devel­op­ment for Cuba (CEDEM, 2002); Population’s Stud­ies and Envi­ron­ment: Their Impor­tance for the Sus­tain­able Tourism (2002, Uni­ver­sity of The Pal­mas of Great Canarias, Spain); and The Con­sump­tion and Population’s Stud­ies and Envi­ron­ment: New Ques­tions to Old Prob­lems? (2002, FACUA and Uni­ver­sity of Sevilla, Spain).